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Man Utd's football director opens up on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's final days at the club

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as Manchester United manager after defeat by Watford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as Manchester United manager after defeat by Watford / Charlie Crowhurst/GettyImages
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Manchester United's football director, John Murtough, has lifted the lid on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's final days at the club and revealed that it was a 'turbulent time' at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer was sacked after United's defeat to Watford but Murtough insisted that the club did not initiate conversations with any other managers until the Norwegian departed, out of respect for the club's former player.

He told a fan forum, as reported by the Mirror: "Out of respect for Ole, we did not approach other managers before he left. Our plan then was to appoint an experienced interim manager and Ralf was our clear first choice."

He went on: "We were all feeling optimistic at that time about the strong start to the season. There were grounds for confidence that we were going to continue building on the progress we saw in the prior two seasons.

"After the promising early-season results, things went off plan. As a club, we felt Ole had earned the right to be given the chance to turn things round, but didn't get a reaction after the international break, and the Watford game made it clear change was needed."

Despite how things unfolded in his final few days in charge of the club, Murtough credited Solskjaer for laying down foundations for the club to succeed. He added: "We're all disappointed at Ole's departure, but he deserves to be judged on his record over the past three years, not his last few weeks.

"He secured our first back-to-back top-three finishes since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and came so close to winning silverware in the Europa League Final last May. He re-set the club's culture and reshaped the squad, leaving us in a stronger position today than when he returned in 2018."

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